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Juan Manuel Cañizares


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Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain

Cañizares was born in Sabadell, Spain in the year 1966, coming from an Andalucian family that, like so many others, immigrated to Barcelona in the 1950´s. His father was a great aficionado of the guitar and as luck would have it, he received as a prize in a country fair- a guitar. Cañizares´ father didn’t hesitate to immediately begin studying flamenco guitar. The professor became aware of the talent of his sons, Rafael and Juan Manuel, and he encouraged them to study the guitar more in depth.

Rafael and Juan Manuel learned very quickly, to the point that with only 10 years of age, Juan Manuel entered the Municipal Conservatory of Sabadell to continue his studies in Terrasa and Barcelona. In 1982, Juan Manuel received the “National Prize for the Guitar” in Jerez. The news was spreading that, “The guitarist of the future had appeared”. In 1989 he started touring with the group, “El último de la fila”. He continued collaborating with other musicians, being chosen by Peter Gabriel to put out a compilation album for the Real World label. His list of collaborations is immense; Camaron, Morente, Serrat, Marc Almond (leader of Soft Cell) La Fura dels Baus, Michael Brecker, Al Di Mieola, etc. However the most decisive experience of his career has been his encounter with Paco de Lucia. With Paco and José María Bandera, he joins a trio that toured extensively between 1989 and 1992. The tour culminated with the recording of “Suite Iberia”, by Isaac Albéniz, who appeared to play with Paco de Lucía in the concert of Aranjuez.


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  • astreapallas

    My hands are still aching that i had clapped so much..Red lights with the fingers that conquered the guitar... Dream of dancing next to you:):):)

    29 Mar 2009 Reply

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